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Assistant Procurement Manager - Logistics

Job ID: R-15969 Category: Supply Chain Location: Bangkok, Bangkok Date posted: 06/04/2021
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There has never been a more exciting time to be working in Procurement when you consider the sheer scale of what we are seeking to do in doubling the size of the business whilst reducing our environmental impact.

As Unilever Procurement adapts to the ever dynamic business environment, we will need to be agile in order to continue our track record of delivery in contributing to the top and bottom line. Inevitably, given the consistent and high quality of our delivery over the past few years, we will be asked to continue this rate of performance and indeed go over and above this standard to ensure the value provided is further enhanced across the scope of our remit.

As well as ensuring that we are best in class in delivering the basics, we also have to look to the future and continuously evolve to meet the needs of our changing environment - reinventing ourselves for sustained competitive advantage. And of course, we are only half of the picture.  Our suppliers are at the heart of everything we do. We need to work more closely than ever with suppliers to co-create sustainable practices and bigger and better innovations.

This places great demands on the skills and expertise of all of us as Procurement professionals.

a successful procurement professional is expected to be:

  • Outstanding in idea generation, ideas that are forward thinking,, and that contribute to creating sustained competitive advantage.
  • Strong at selling ideas to his/her business partners, internally and externally, translating these into effective proposals conveying value and communicating it accordingly.
  • Appreciative of the value and impact of outstanding execution – an eagle eye for detail.
  • Act as an entrepreneur, treats business as his/her own, sets trends and is willing to lead, follow or get out of the way.
  • Behave as a Partner to Win ambassador and demonstrate the value Procurement adds to the business.
  • Genuinely committed to Unilever’s sustainably lead business model, connected with Unilever and the business agenda.
  • For positions with people reporting to them talent mastery, which includes: spotting, fostering, encouraging and retaining talent is a non-negotiable.

Main Job Purpose:

Responsible for strategic and tactical sourcing of Logistics in Thailand.

Ensure availability and uninterrupted supply of Warehouse and logistics services for Thailand with effective procurement (total supply chain cost, quality and service level) including Inbound and Outbound with compliance to the Unilever Code of Business Principles.

Key Accountabilities:

Purpose of the Role

  • Lead the commercial part of the contracting which is one of the main activities of Logistics Procurement role in delivering Logistics strategy for Unilever Thailand. Lead and drive the implementation of Procurement strategies and Supplier partnerships. Establishes, promotes and maintains long term business relationships with suppliers whilst maintaining the highest degree of ethics and confidentiality.

  • Constantly looking for new sourcing opportunity – Develop vendor base & evaluate vendor on annual basis

  • Enhance the current operating Logistics activities through finding innovative ideas for big savings projects to raise the savings bar and to minimize the logistics cost portion from the turnover.

  • Direct responsible on:

1.    Delivery of Responsible Sourcing Policy targets

2.    Enhancing Logistics network end to end processes

3.    Leading the Logistics Slimfast projects deliverables

4.    Creating a project networks 

5.    Working closely with the Finance team on enhancing the reporting process and support the logistics teams in their strategy.

6.    Enhancing the payment process

  • Find the synergies opportunities with other companies to balance spent and leverage the volume and to take the maximum benefit from the supplier including inbound transpiration.

Key Responsibilities

  • Understand the business requirements, in all the Logistics aspects ; Warehousing, transportation, distribution and Material Handling equipment and agree with the business team on the potential projects , set its prioritization and agree on the Logistics strategy which will be used in the relevant country. To develop excellent relationship network with stake-holders.

  • Scan the market for the Logistics Service Providers vendors and trends, provide a list of the potential suppliers , having a meeting with them , understand their capabilities and do a supplier segmentation analysis to have a purified data base.

  • Well Understand Tendering Process (from A to Z) and execute of Request for Proposal.

  • Understand the cost drivers and build a clear cost structure for each Logistics activity to work on controlling and monitoring the cost drivers.

  • Plan ahead for renewing, updating the contracts and negotiating the commercial terms according to its validity to avoid any business risk and to be ahead in the negation process.

  • Strategic planning in capturing, highlighting and prioritising the big saving projects.

  • Improve savings in the material handling equipment.

  • Work closely with the Logistics team on Cost structure of the Warehouse based on its utilization and determining the ordering time and space needed for supporting the business needs.

  • Enhance the reporting process by working very closely with the finance team on capturing all the Logistics activities for each country.

  • Maximize the usage of the Procurement systems by up-loading all the contracts and the savings projects.

  • Enhance the payment process for the Logistics by working with the IT team on establishing a sustained agreed process on the ERP which will maintain the payment process and avoid any overdue payments to the suppliers.

  • Get the Best Practice activities from the Region & the Globe and roll it out within the countries in the cluster.

  • Own and create Project Networks, from the idea phase of     the project till signing the contract off and having the project live on the ground.

Professional Skills:


  • University degree level (Technical/Economic background)

  • Min 3 year experience in Buying is a must

  • Advanced computer skills

  • Fluent English

  • Team management skills

  • Supply Chain services skills

General Skills & Competencies

  • Drive and practical creativity

  • Purchasing, negotiation and planning skills (e.g. inquiry/negotiation/e-commerce, PO issuing, commercial agreements/contracts, work planning etc.)

  • Responsible /Accountability having ownership of the assigned tasks

  • Creative problem-solving and flexibility of thinking

  • Analytical skills

  • Focus on time constrains

  • Influencing others

  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Team commitment

  • Ability to work under pressure

  • Advanced negotiation skills

  • Ability to take initiatives

  • Project management

Unilever is an organisation committed to equity, inclusion and diversity to drive our business results and create a better future, every day, for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. At Unilever we are interested in every individual bringing their ‘Whole Self’ to work and this includes you! Thus if you require any support or access requirements, we encourage you to advise us at the time of your application so that we can support you through your recruitment journey.

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